Green Roof on a Root Cellar

| 2/23/2018 2:03:00 PM

Tags: root cellar, earthbag building, urban homestead, nevada, be the change project, Kyle Chandler-Isacksen,


In 2014 we built an earthbag and balecob/strawbale root cellar on our off-grid urban homestead.  

We’ve been using it since then and last year decided to put a green roof on it as well.  This “Part II” will describe our green roof process and about how the cellar has performed overall.

Root Cellar Use

Our root cellar is right next to our existing home and under twenty feet from our mudroom door - “Zone 1” in Permaculture parlance.  This close proximity is crucial because as things get even marginally more distant use and utility decline exponentially.  On winter mornings it’s still a stretch for me to put on shoes and go farther than the mudroom for our staples.  I find I often bargain with my wife: “If you get the potatoes from the root cellar, I’ll clean them and set them on the stove.” Or, I’ll interrupt my kids at play and remind them this is a small way they can contribute to our family’s continued survival...and that we’ve fed, protected, and sheltered them…and we cleaned diapers, lost a lot of sleep...they get the picture eventually.  

After the earth bags I switched to strawbales and the Balecob technique (recent blog article here).  The strawbales provide great above ground insulation and allowed us to plaster over them.  As is normal for us and our process, we’ve given the bales a good rough coat but have yet to give them a true finish coat.

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